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Board of Appeals

About the Board of Appeals

The Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial body that provides the public with a final administrative review process for appeals relating to a wide range of City determinations. Originally created under the Charter of 1932, the Board strives to provide an efficient, fair and expeditious public hearing and decision-making process before an impartial panel as a last step in the City's permit issuance process.

The Board hears and decides appeals involving the granting, denial, suspension, or revocation of permits, licenses, and other use entitlements by various City commissions and departments. The granting or denial of variances and other determinations by the Zoning Administrator, and discretionary review decisions and downtown building authorizations of the Planning Commission are included.

Board Members

The Board of Appeals is comprised of five Board members appointed for staggered four-year members are appointed by the Mayor and two by the President of the Board of Supervisors.

List of the Members of the Board of Appeals


San Francisco Administrative Code Section 16.9-28 requires that the Executive Director and Commissioners of the Board of Appeals complete Implicit Bias Training by December 31, 2019.  This training is administered by the Department of Human Resources.

The following individuals have completed this training:

  • Julie Rosenberg, Executive Director, completed on November 21, 2019.
  • Rick Swig, Commissioner, completed on December 2, 2019.
  • Ann Lazarus, Commissioner, completed on December 6, 2019.
  • Eduardo Santacana, Commissioner, completed on December 30, 2019.
  • Darryl Honda, Commissioner, completed on December 30, 2019.
  • Rachael Tanner, Commissioner, completed on December 30, 2019.


Appeal Process

Board of Appeals Process

The Board of Appeals provides the public with a final administrative review process for appeals relating to a wide range of City determinations.

Hearing Information

Hearing Information

The Board's public hearings are held most Wednesday evenings at 5:00 p.m. City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 416, tel. 415.575.6880

DUE TO COVID-19 the Board of Appeals office will be closed until further notice.  We will be able to take Appeals or Jurisdiction Requests by phone or email. If you would like to file an Appeal please provide by email: (1) a copy of the department determination or permit(s), and (2) your contact information. If you have any questions please email boardofappeals@sfgov.org or julie.rosenberg@sfgov.org or leave a voice message at 415-575-6881.

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*SUBMISSION OF BRIEFS: All breifing deadlines are still in effect even if a hearing has been canceled. The parties must submit their briefs by email to the Board Office to: boardofappeals@sfgov.org and julie.rosenberg@sfgov.org .  Electronic service is also required for service on opposing parties and the respondent departments.  The parties can deliver the hard copies (11) to the Board's office at a later date as instructed by Board staff.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Julie Rosenberg at the email above.




NOTICE:  The Board has cancelled its meetings on April 1st April 8th and April 15th.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BRIEFING DEADLINES STILL APPLY (see above).  BRIEFS MUST BE EMAILED TO julie.rosenberg@sfgov.org and boardofappeals@sfgov.org.  Hard copies will be collected at a later date. The agenda items for the canceled hearings will be rescheduled at a later time. The Board office will keep you updated on any Board meeting changes and all Board updates on this website.

Please email boardofappeals@sfgov.org or julie.rosenberg@sfgov.org if you have any questions. 

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 COVID-19 Hearing Precautions:

  • DPH Health Recommendations (eff. 3/6/20): Please read the Public Health Recommendations.  PDF icon2020.03.06 FINAL - DPH Recommendations re Social Distancing.pdf
  • Overflow Room: Room 400 is the designated overflow room to avoid crowding in Room 416.
  • Public Comment: In lieu of attending in person, you can send public comment via email to boardofappeals@sfgov.org .  If it is received by noon on March 11, 2020, the commissioners will be able to read it prior to the hearing.
  • Hand Sanitizer: Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance to the hearing room, in the elevator bays and lobby of City Hall.  The Board is requesting that you use hand sanitizer prior to entering the hearing room.
  • SeatingThe public is advised to sit in every other chair to reduce close contact.
  • Microphones/overhead/laptopOnly the legal process clerk can adjust and handle the hearing room equipment.   Please do not touch the microphone, overhead or laptop.
  • Sneezing/CoughingIf a member of the public is sneezing or coughing, they will be asked to leave the room.

Thank you in advance for observing these precautions.

Please note: Rescheduling Requests and Withdrawal Forms can now be filled out online (writable PDF format) and submitted via email. Please follow the instructions below. The best webserver to uses is Internet Explorer.

  1. Go to the “Resource Center” tab on the of our website.
  2. Click on “Forms”.
  3. Open the form of your choice (rescheduling request or withdrawal).
  4. Fill out the form and include digital signatures. For rescheduling requests, in lieu of a digital signature, you can attach an email from the other party which shows that they agree to rescheduling the appeal to the proposed date. Send the form and emails (when applicable) to the Board Office via email boardofappeals@sfgov.org or fax (415) 575-6885.

Public CommentAll documents submitted to the Board of Appeals are public records and may be made available to the public for inspection and copying upon request and may appear on the Board’s website or in public documents. If you are a member of the public and are submitting public comment, but would like your name and/or personal contact information to be redacted by Board staff, you must prominently request redaction (preferably bold face type that is underlined) at the beginning of your submission (or if the submission is an attachment to an email, request redaction in the body of the email).


Notice regarding Campaign Contributions

Under Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Section 1.127, no person or entity with a financial interest (as defined in Section 1.127(a)) in a land use matter pending before the Board of Appeals, Board of Supervisors, Building Inspection Commission, Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure, Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission, Port Commission, or the Treasure Island Development Authority Board of Directors, may make a campaign contribution to a member of the Board of Supervisors, the Mayor, the City Attorney, or a candidate for any of those offices, from the date the land use matter commenced until 12 months after the board or commission has made a final decision or any appeal to another City agency from that decision has been resolved.  For more information about this restriction, visit sfethics.org.



If you have any questions about this procedure or the Board’s meeting changes, please feel free to contact the Board’s office at 415-575-6880 or email boardofappeals@sfgov.org 


Recource center

Board of Appeals decisions, forms, Rules, annual reports and other publications and information are available in the Board’s Resource Center.


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